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A New Year, but will you be making changes?

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I wonder how many New Years Resolutions I have made over the increasing years that I’ve walked this planet. Obviously, it appears that I haven’t maintained many of them.

I guess though, that if we want to change things we do so immediately and don’t wait for the turning of December into January. This is great of course as we need to be flexible and malleable in life in order to deal with situations.

However, a New Year is the perfect time to reflect:

In 2018:

[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] What were your highlights?
[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Who did you meet that is now new and permanent fixture in your life?
[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Who came and went?
[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Are there things you wished you hadn’t have said, done or text to someone?
[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Did you eat the wrong things? Did you eat the right things?
[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Did you drink too much?
[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Did you achieve your goals at work?
[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Where did you visit?

It’s worth dwelling on the answers to these questions and noting them down, and again reflecting on these for a while.

Now, think about the 12 months we have ahead before we yet enter another year. Another year where we’ll be older, having left behind a year where you may or may not have seen the things you wanted to see and achieved the things that you wanted to achieve.

We’re not long in this world, we’re really not, but if you’re reading this then it’s a blessing to be here. Besides, the probability of being born is an unfathomable number-to-one chance.

So…..let’s do, see and achieve all the things we want to. And let’s start in 2019!

In order to maintain a healthy mind, body and balance, I believe we need variety. Variety of physical exercise, variety of things and place we see and variety of experiences.

Naturally, it may not be financially possible to see everything we want to see – I’d like to ski in Aspen this winter, and maybe the Caribbean and Maldives later in the year. My finances won’t allow this. But they may stretch to me visiting a beach 100 miles away that I’ve not walked on, or a train journey to see a pretty rural place or historical venue.

I may join a social group, maybe at the same time as learning a new language.

I may choose to vary where I socialise – some different bars or towns to eat out in.

I may vary my repetitive gym regime and instead, every other week play a team or solo sport, or cycle, or walk more – the options are endless!

Another important benefit to our mental wellbeing is how we treat other people. We reap what we sow in life and despite our anxieties and how we are sometimes treated, it’s important to always do our best for others and be the best person we can beGet started on creating a mentally and emotionally healthy life

To adopt this mentality and to practice this daily will bring us a lot more fulfillment in life and we’ll start to see that people treat us differently and with more respect.

Whatever our age and whatever our habits, we are never too old to make small changes in order benefit ourselves and others.

Get reflecting, get planning and get doing!